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Favelas

A Favela Transformed

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 10.21.2013 | Travel
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Favelas evolve organically and often exhibit a strong sense of community, extraordinary innovation and extensive economic activity. Only on the surface do they appear to be hopeless slums.

Pacification Police in Rio and Women's Empowerment in Mexico: How to Reduce Slum Violence

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Josephine d'Allant

Efforts to improve security are taking place across the Global South, including the pacification of Rio de Janeiro's favelas, the reconciliation of street brawlers in Jakarta and the combating of violence against women in Mexico City and Mumbai.

The Problem With Art Basel's Favela Cafe

Guy Horton | Posted 09.17.2013 | Arts
Guy Horton

For Art Basel, "Favela Café" has been a huge miscalculation. If it seemed funny or brilliant for an instant when it was first proposed, that moment is long past. What we are left with is a ramshackle jumble of bad taste.

Is Brazil Preparing for World Cup and Olympics at the Expense of Its People?

Emilia Barrosse | Posted 07.10.2013 | College
Emilia Barrosse

Certainly, I am not a city planner, politician or even a Brazilian. Hosting the World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016 is a major responsibility and an excellent opportunity to promote a country's public image. However, the desperation I witnessed is not the most enticing picture to broadcast to the world.

PHOTOS: New Book Explores Rio's Favelas

Posted 09.21.2012 | Travel

A new photo-heavy book, Inside the Favelas, explores with great depth the shantytown neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro. Photographer and author Dougl...

Brazil's Crack Gangs Trigger New Favela Violence

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Eric Ehrmann

With favela gangs arming themselves with RPGs and recruiting kids who are used as child soldiers, cocaine's bad karma is making Brazil a more violent society.

Squatters No More: Legitimizing Brazil's Favelas

André Albuquerque | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
André Albuquerque

When people are granted land rights and take ownership for their property, they become active agents of social and community transformation.

A Getaway Weekend In Rio de Janeiro

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.18.2012 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

Rio is rich with more than shopping, eating and people-watching. There is a thriving arts, cultural and nightlife experience in all sectors of the city.

Witnessing Change In Rio's Favelas

James Denselow | Posted 02.15.2012 | Travel
James Denselow

The localized version of justice run by the traficos led to an incredibly low level of crime within the favelas. Just three weeks after their departure residents spoke of increasing rate of crime.

PHOTOS: Slums Around The World

Posted 12.19.2011 | World

Last month, 3,000 security forces stormed one of Brazil's largest slums, taking control of an area that the country's head of security described as ha...

City Of Hope: The Next Stages Of Rio's War On Drugs

Teresa Goncalves | Posted 01.20.2012 | World
Teresa Goncalves

Last weekend, the Peacekeeping Units (UPP) of the city of Rio de Janeiro faced perhaps their most difficult task in the pacification process, the occupation of the Rocinha community.

The Two Rios: Worlds Will Collide For 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympics

ESPN | Posted 07.10.2011 | Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO -- A white cross rising above the Macacos slum marks the spot where people are burned alive. A starving horse, his ribs poking out, is ...

Fighting For Peace In Rio

Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 07.05.2011 | Impact

Boxing has long been a staple of rough neighborhoods. From South Central, L.A., to war-torn Ireland, boxing gyms have instilled hard work and a sense ...

An Unusual Rio de Janeiro: From Favela Babies to Portinari

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Karin Badt

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Building Democracy in Latin America

Jeffrey W. Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey W. Rubin

As Obama meets with businesspeople in Brasilia and plays soccer in the favelas of Rio, he has a chance to bring the reality of "City of God" into the boardroom.

President Obama's Visit to a Favela in Rio: Below the Surface Calm

Vanda Felbab-Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vanda Felbab-Brown

A part of President Obama's visit to Brazil is to be an outing to a favela, a slum neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro.

Part III: What Is the Brazilian Brand?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Brazil faces incredible odds as it seeks to join the more affluent developed nations. Rousseff will promote greater infrastructure sorely needed given the lack of basic sanitation many areas of the country.

What Is the Brazilian Brand?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

I arrived at Brazil's PR firm's fancy upstairs offices where a company rep provided me with a glossy green booklet showcasing Brazil's many economic accomplishments.

The Building Blocks of Corporate Statesmanship

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Charles Kolb

LEGO's CEO is quite sincere when he says that what the company really cares about is inspiring the young people who will build our tomorrow. Is this just more corporate happy talk? Hardly.

Brazil's Bloggers Follow The Money: Madonna's 'Favela Fund' Linked to Kabbalah Centre

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Eric Ehrmann

Stonewalled by Madonna's posse, local media outlets are taking a closer look at the Material Girl's charity work ostensibly directed at helping kids in Brazil's favelas.

Countdown to Carnaval... Madonna Does the Supersize Samba

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Tall and tan and young and lovely is getting harder to find because Brazil is adopting American-style bad eating habits that are driving teletubby statistics off the charts.

Afro-Brazilian History, Beats and Culture

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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Lauri Lyons

While Africa and America are often recognized as the book ends of the African Diaspora, there is an additional link in the Middle Passage that is less publicized, but no less important.

Ten Extraordinary Things About Rio, Including a Man Called H

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lea Lane

When in Rio, I sought a place where locals go, and for hours swayed to steady drumbeats. You need stamina and rhythm, but it's so dark and so mesmerizing that once I let go a bit, I got swept into it.

Glock Around The Clock... Twitter, Guns and Gambling Tarnish US Image

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

With NBA commissioner David Stern suspending Gilbert Arenas, the media has forgotten that this party got started thanks to Twitter.